Governing Body

The governing body at Ryarsh Primary School has a vital role to play in making sure that every child gets the best possible education. We achieve this by:

a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and

c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The full governing body meets six times every year (one meeting every-half term). In addition to this, pairs of governors (monitoring pairs) visit the school three times each year in order to monitor the school’s progress towards achieving the strategic goals, identified through the school development plan.

As a governing body, we believe in working in close partnership with the school, in order to continually improve the quality of learning opportunities for each child.

We maintain an open and friendly atmosphere at our meetings, where all ideas are welcome, and are often the subject of lively discussion.

We all have different backgrounds which enable us to bring a great variety of skills to the governing body, and this, combined with a shared commitment to the pupils and staff of the school, is one of the reasons why we are so successful.

Each academic year, Governor details are updated to reflect thier roles and responsibilites. This information for the 2017/2018 year is listed below:


Name Category & appointing bodyDate of appointmentTerm of officeResponsibilitiesRelevant business interestsOther governshipsRelationships to staff
RuthAustinHeadteacher ex officio01/01/2014ex officio NoneNoneNone
DanielChildsCo-opted – appointed by GB24/09/20154 yearsFinanceNoneNoneNone
ClaireCromeStaff – elected by staff body24/09/20154 yearsPersonal development, behaviour and welfareNoneNoneNone
NiallGardenerParent – elected by parent body06/10/20174 yearsPersonal development, behaviour and welfareNoneNoneNone
SteveHillCo-opted – appointed by GB01/01/20154 yearsQuality of teaching, learning and assessment, Health & Safety and premises  NoneNoneVoluntary assistance with school trips
StevenHughesParent – elected by parent body02/11/20154 yearsOutcomes for pupils & SENDNoneNoneNone
JohnMacnabParent – elected by parent body17/10/20164 yearsOutcomes for pupilsNoneNoneNone
JonNaylorCo-opted – appointed by GB01/01/20154 years

Effectiveness of leadership and management



Local Authority – appointed by GB

Chair of Governors

04/12/20174 years



Husband James Rowland paid to produce vision and value photography displays for the schoolNoneNone
StewartSpeakeCo-opted – appointed by GB01/01/20154 years

Effectiveness of leadership and management

Health & Safety and premises 

DanielSproulParent – elected by parent body12/03/20154 years

Effectiveness of early years, Child Protection/Safeguarding


Managing Director, CPS Engineering Ltd.NoneNone

Co-opted – appointed by GB

Vice Chair of Governors

01/01/20154 years


Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

Effectiveness of early years 


Please download minutes of our full governing body meetings:

September 2015

November 2015

January 2016

March 2016

May 2016

July 2016

September 2016

November 2016

January 2017

March 2017

May 2017

July 2017

Sept 2017

Sept 2017


Attendance at Governors meetings

Our records of governor attendance during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 academic year are published here.